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Outback Bowl Confidential

January 5, 2012

As you know from seeing my packing video and my Michigan State University and University of Georgia football player interview, I spent last week with Outback during Outback Bowl week being given an exclusive inside look into what makes one of my favorite restaurants so amazing.

There are more interviews to come, with John Li, Senior VP of Research and Development, AKA the guy who decides what goes on the menu after making it deliciously awesome, and Becky Maree and Dan Holm of the Outback Social Media team. There will also be more video of my experience on the field. I even… got to interview the fella responsible for inventing the bloomin’ onion. I KNOW!!! Wow, HUH? Stay tuned for that.

But first, here is an inside look at the morning before the game with my co-Social Journo, and Man of Style, Joshua Estrin. I must say he was an absolute treasure to work and play with. I’m still breaking into embarrassingly random and sudden giggle fits.

Oh, and the reason my shoulder looks dislocated is because I’m actually holding up my iPhone video camera with my right arm. I actually have really good posture. LOL

AS ALWAYS… the jewelry I’m wearing in the video can be found right here in my shop.


When Joshua Estrin is NOT attending major sporting events with me he can be found at PopMuncher, writing about the world where entertainment, music, fashion and human behavior collide — He revels in the results, a delicious mix of chaos and mayhem. Wrap this all up in a “look ma’ no braces” package and the “Little Engine that never shoulda’, coulda’, or woulda’” has formed strong friendships with a veritable Who’s Who of celebrities.


National Trollop Prevention Month

July 22, 2010

Woo Hoo! Time for another video blog. Join me as I declare August “National Trollop Prevention Month”.

By the way, this is the necklace  I am wearing in the video…

Don't be a "catch of the day" trollop

Don't be a "catch of the day" trollop


I really don't care who manufactured your thong

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Fashionistas

June 12, 2010

Habit 1 : Look like a snob, but don’t actually be one.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-effective fashionistas know no labels. Labels are meaningless, as are prices. Learn to de-snob. You will never remember what you paid for something if you really really love it. Conversely, if it cost you fifty cents at the yard sale, who cares?

Bali Blues with Garnet


Even the Mecca of low-end—Target— actually has famous designers go in and do really low price limited edition collections. It’s excellent marketing for the designer as it makes people think they actually love their customers and generally offers great items. Zac Posen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Anya Hindmarch are a few of the designers who have done this. 

Habit 2 : Always know where the endzone is, and don’t run the wrong way on the field

Don’t go into a store to get a pair of shoes and come out with two suits. Where are the shoes? You needed the shoes. The average U.S. Household spends $1800.00 annually on clothes.  The average woman spends three years of her life shopping. Don’t make it six!  In total 90 trips a year are dedicated to keeping up appearances – 30 to shop for clothes, 15 for shoes, 18 for accessories and 27 for bathroom essentials. Know what you want before you start looking for it. Think of those mall trips as search and destroy missions, not time sucks. 

Habit 3: Exercise is important

To be an effective Fashionista, you need to be able to outrun people, specifically women between the ages of 18 and 55. Please lift weights as those biceps come in handy when you have to lift heavy bags. Hand-eye coordination is also great out at the mall. Practice by killing flies with a flyswatter. Or an old copy of Vogue. 

Habit 4: Returning things is an art form of shopping where you actually make money

Many stores introduce new merchandise in 2 week cycles. Keep your receipts on you. Get a price adjustment if you buy something one week at full price and it gets marked down the next. Buy stuff before the sale and take it back 3 days later and get the sale price. 

Never, ever,  return stuff you have worn, that is oh-so-tacky and is a fashionista NO NO.

Everybody makes shopping mistakes. Fashionistas know when to return something that just doesn’t look good once it gets home. 

Habit 5: Understand that Fashion Magazines and catalogs are either the work of the devil, or a capitalist plot to overthrow your bank account.

Only spend what you can afford. Every effective Fashionista knows that just because you want it doesn’t mean you need it. You know, like Antonio Banderas. Same thing. Only with shoes

Habit 6:  Realize that out of body experiences are for amateurs.

Never base a buying decision on emotion. Nothing will get you into trouble faster than developing emotional attachments to things.  People count. Things don’t. Unless it’s a Tod’s bag at 50% off. 

Habit 7: Bring enough candy for the entire class

When you go out shopping if you have good coupons, always give your extra one to the person behind you. Especially if it’s a long line. You will get to Fashionista heaven more quickly like this.

How To Be a Fashionista In a Recessionista

April 8, 2010

What’s that you say?


Marrakesh Labradorite and Garnet Earrings


You have no money for clothes and accessories because you’re unemployed, had a salary pay cut, or froze your credit card in a chunk of ice in order to stop spending?

Oh, Pish Posh, kiss my  Lucky wearing Jean toukas.

This week on the Film Ladd Radio show, I discussed How to tell if you’re a Fashionista or NOT and how to be a Fashionista in a Recessionista. I’m in the last 45 minutes of the show.

As usual, our chat went wackily astray with talk of hunting giraffe, how squirrels are really rats with tails, what a meterosexual actually IS, fashion purgatory, whether or not Ladd owns a dress, and how I have taken up a collection from the neighborhood homeless people to buy him a shirt that is not black. We also discussed how to collect a cadre of friends that are your own size in order to borrow and never return their clothes, and how Ladd would look in a skin tight skating outfit. Listen, laugh, watch and learn. Click –> Here are the audio and video clips 

Here are the top 9, -yes, 9, not 10- signs you MAY or MAY NOT BE  A FASHIONISTA  and what to do about it in these tough economic times. 

1. If the inside of your closet looks like Bloomingdales, YOU MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If the inside of your closet looks like Dick’s Sporting Goods  YOU MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA

2.  If you’ve seen AND READ The Devil Wears Prada or any Confessions of a Shopaholic book or movie twice or more EACH You MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If you read Field and Stream  and/or own/wear waders on a regular basis.. You NOT BE A FASHIONISTA 

3.  If you look like you should be in the movies You MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If you look like you work at Blockbuster or should play “the body” (as in dead person) in a movie You MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA 

4. If people often don’t recognize you because you keep changing your hair you MAY BE A FASHIONISTA 

 If you have had the same haircut since you had your Senior picture taken you MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA
5. If you think ice is for  freezing credit cards in and icing down “credit card swiping carpal tunnel syndrome” YOU MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If you think ice is for icing down your latest twisted ankle, back sprain, or groin pull,  YOU MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA

Fragrant Valley Dress


6.  If you  clap your hands jump up and down and say “PRETTY, PRETTY DRESS” often YOU MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If you don’t own a skirt or dress you MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA 
7. If people always ask you to take them shopping you MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If nobody ever asks you to go shopping, or they say, “YOU DON’T WANT TO GO SHOPPING WITH ME, DO YOU?”  YOU MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA

8.  If people say  “NICE OUTFIT” you MAY BE A FASHIONISTA


9. If people lower the lights when you walk in the room YOU MAY BE A FASHIONISTA

If people shoot out the lights when you walk into a room YOU MAY NOT BE A FASHIONISTA

What To Do… What To Do…..


Princess Vintage Swarovski Earrings


Yes, you can look awesome even if you are short on cash.

1. Borrow clothes from friends or sisters and never return them

Hey, you know what they say, you can’t divorce your family. You may have to replace your friends more frequently this way, but think, you really don’t know what ever happened to that teal sweater of yours, now do you? Oh, yeah, you gave Briana your key so she could feed your cat. Mmmm hmm. 

2. Shop thrift

Depending on where you live, you can find some really cool thing in thrift shops. This is a place where rich old ladies who don’t know about ebay deposit their really cool stuff. The trick is, you have to live somewhere that has rich old ladies nearby. For guys, as I mention on the air, with an oh-so-nifty Charlie Sheen spin, is there anything cooler than a vintage bowling shirt with somebody else’s name on it that’s in really good shape? I don’t think so. I love vintage and have a few vintage and vintage-y looking jewelry items in my shop.

3. big huge sales/personal shopper secret info

Here’s what you do to take advantage of a big department store sale. For example. If, like me, you wear a size 8 shoe, which is average, you know darn well on sale day all your shoes will be sold before you get there and the shoe department will be a nightmare. No need to get pissed off, fellow fashionistas… Go to the store two days before the sale, try on your shoes in an uncrowded pleasant shopping environment, and have the personal shopper on staff put them back in her office for you until sale day. They are only too happy to do this. Not only do you get your shoes, and at sale price, but you do not have to stand up on a chair to flag someone to fetch you your shoes in the middle of a vicious crowded shoe department on sale day. 

4. Closet trading event with friends your own size.

First of all, we can have friends in all shapes and sizes, of course. But please go out of your way to befriend people who are your size, and this is why: Once a year you can have a martini and closet exchange party. Simply bring all of the stuff you no longer wear and have a trade session. Easy. It’s also a great way to get back the items that disappeared from your closet from item #1, Ha ha. 

5. Ebay

I could and WILL do an entire blog about Ebay, because that is just how much I love them. Ebay is a fantastic way to buy great new and vintage stuff at a fraction of retail. It’s also a great place to sell your clothes, boots, shoes, and handbags that you no longer use. I do this twice a year, usually in spring and fall. It’s a great way to earn cash to “buy more stuff”  WOO HOO! 

6. Shop in your own damn closet.

As I stated in Conquering your Closet you really do have a ton of stuff, and if it’s organized you can find things you forgot you even owned. How awesome is that? 

Yes, my daughter actually owns this shirt and I have worn it.


7. Wear your daughter’s clothes. Just put them back in her closet before 3:05

As we discussed on the airwaves, what better reason to reproduce than to have daughters so you can swipe their cool duds? I have no sisters. I was desperate. : ) 

8. Get a job in a retail clothing store. ok. Get three jobs in retail clothing stores.

You can get a great discount but you will need to work at least 18 hours a day with what they pay you. 

9. Let students cut your hair or be a hair model. Hell. the dog groomer would be better than what you’ve been doing.

When I was a student I was a hair model For Vidal Sassoon, among others. That just means you go in there on a given day when they are training their students, volunteer your head up and get a free or greatly reduced price haircut. They usually have to do a certain cut, but sometimes you can pick. Oh, the benefits to having good hair. YES! Little known fact: Most dog groomers cut hair. Maybe one will give you a break, who knows? HA

10. Read my blog DOES THIS LOOK GOOD ON ME?

Of course I will keep the great ideas coming, for you, my loyal readers and viewers. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MY JEWELRY ADDICTION, as always.

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